We headed into the game in confident mood following our win over Olympiacos, and we had the chance to move top of the table. We took that chance with a 2-0 win over relegation candidates Aston Villa, with Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey getting the goals.
Here’s how we rate the players from our 2-0 win over Aston Villa:
GK) Petr Cech – 7.0
There were a couple of worrying moments from the Czech international, but he held the ball well when required, and remained calm under pressure during some overconfident play from Per Mertesacker.
RB) Hector Bellerin – 7.5
Got forward regularly, although failed to really have a huge impact on the attacking side of the game. Defended solidly.
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LB) Nacho Monreal – 7.5
Just like his compatriot, the Spanish full-back balanced forward play and his defensive duties well. His crossing could have been a little better.
CB) Per Mertesacker – 7.5
Some good blocks and clearances, although there were a couple of scary moments between he and Cech.
CB) Laurent Koscielny – 8.0
The Frenchman made some phenomenal interceptions, racing out of defence to break up play – often doing Mathieu Flamini’s job for him.
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